TOLEDO, Ohio Two pastors belonging Toledo Church, Cordell Jenkins and Anthony Haynes were arrested by the FBI Friday morning. A CBSNews report said that the two disgraced pastors have been arrested for sex crimes against Children.
The two have been arrested for child sex trafficking. Authorities claim that while Jenkins is the pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo, Haynes is allegedly the pastor of Greater Life Christian Center.
The pace with which child sex charges are being filed against church officials and pastors is simply surprising. The people who claim to be the protectors of children and correct others are exploiting them due to their vulnerability.
A report in the WTOL-TV said that the FBI agents were still searching the massive complex of the search Abundant Life Ministries. Authorities have filed serious charges against the two and they are expected to spend their entire life inside huge prison walls. FBI blame the two of actually recruiting, enticing and transporting people they knew were under 18 to engage in sex acts for pay.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cleveland Division, Toledo Resident Agency, and the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio, announce the arrest of Cordell Jenkins, age 46, and Anthony Haynes, age 37, pursuant to a federal complaint and arrest warrant for sex trafficking of children.
Agents placed Jenkins and Haynes into custody early this morning at their residences in Toledo without incident. Additional law enforcement activity occurred today in regards to this ongoing investigation.
Jenkins and Haynes are accused of knowingly recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person(s) that the defendants knew was less than eighteen years old to engage in commercial sex acts. In addition to the above, Haynes is also being charged with Obstruction of Justice and Jenkins is being charged with sexual exploitation of children. Both men will have their initial appearance in U.S. District Court later today.
A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of members of the FBI, Toledo Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Lima Police Department, Oregon Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.